Super Eagles captain at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has said the Nigerian team are “focused” on their final group game against Equatorial Guinea at Stade Adrar in Agadir on Tuesday.
The Nigerians endured a poor start to the competition when they surprisingly drew goalless with Rwanda before edging past Libya 1-0 in their second group game and Ezenwa offered that the success against the north African is history.
But the Enyimba goalkeeper revealed that the win over Libya helped in boosting their confidence levels ahead of their game in the seaside resort city of Agadir.
Ezenwa also disclosed that the players held a showdown talk to state the importance of the game and why they will not want a repeat of the Rwanda episode of 2016 when they failed to progress out of the group stage.
“We have now put that (win over Libya) behind us and are now focused on playing against Equatorial Guinea. Right now our morale is high (for the Equatorial Guinea game). We had a closed door meeting between me and my brothers, and I told them about the experience in Rwanda (last edition of CHAN), and that we will not be happy that it repeats itself. EVeryone knows the importance of this game.
“It was a successful game (against Libya) for us and it has brought more confidence in our preparation ahead of our next game against Equatorial Guinea. I think victory is something that gives a morale boost to every player,” he said.
Ezenwa said the Nigerian contingent knows an outright win against Equatorial Guinea will guarantee them a place in the last eight irrespective of the outcome between Libya and Rwanda.
He revealed that they have received pep talk from their head coach Salisu Yusuf on the importance of the fixture.
“The coach has given us one or two advice about this game and made it clear that it is an important game. We have to remain focused as a win will take us to the quarter-finals,” Ezenwa concluded.
The Equatorial Guinea versus Nigeria game kicks off from 8pm Nigerian time.
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